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How to be a music journalist

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

How to be a music journalist

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Writing about music may look like the easiest job in the world, but the truth is it's just one of the most fun. Music journalism requires a suite of skills to master, from wringing quotes from truculent frontmen to distilling a three-day festival into a coherent two-page narrative. Led by Guardian music editor Tim Jonze, this intensive day-long course includes tutorials in all the key skills a music writer needs, including interview technique, reviewing and previewing methods for live events and albums, as well as tips on dealing with the music industry.

With practical exercises to develop your abilities, this masterclass will help you find your voice and show you how to write about music for both online and print audiences.

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Tim Jonze is the music editor of and has worked as a music journalist for over a decade, covering festivals for the NME and the Guardian since 2003. He has interviewed everyone from Lily Allen to Oasis and has done more vox pops in the mud with strangers than he cares to remember.

Eddy Lawrence has over 20 years experience as writer and editor for publications including The Face, Select, Melody Maker and Jack, and even some which are still going, such as Q, NME, Shortlist and the Guardian. He has also worked on the Glastonbury festival daily paper, and taught journalism as part of Time Out Trashed outreach project during his six years as Music Editor for Time Out.


Dates: Saturday 18 January 2014
Times: 10am-5pm. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time.
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Early bird special (a limited number of places at a reduced price for people who book in advance) £199
Regular price £229
(all prices include VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 16
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.

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N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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